You Have to Watch This Jehovah’s Witnesses Propaganda Movie

SuperCynthesizer uploaded a recent Watchtower Society propaganda video designed to make you and keep you a JW for good:

It’s a 90-minute movie but here are a few highlights:

At 13:52, (protagonist) David’s family gets upset that he gets a job outside of the family business because it’ll interfere with his religious routine. (Think of the commute, David!)

At 40:03, David is told that religious rules are not-at-all restrictive after telling his parents that he wants to move into the city. (“What congregation would you go to?!” asks mom.)

At 42:15, David’s brother James spills the beans about what’s really going on. (There’s a fight and it involves a piano. Yessssss!)

At 52:02, David goes to a craaaazy party… and in the aftermath a Christmas tree lies, tipped over, in the corner of the room. (Why do you hate Christmas, David?!)

At 1:15:45, David cries in an alley after sleeping with a beautiful, supportive co-worker and asks God for forgiveness. (Why, David, WHY?!)

If you notice any other memorable moment, please leave the timestamp and summary in the comments!

(Thanks to Tamar for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Gus Snarp

    I have to watch a 90 minute propaganda video? No, I don’t think I do….

    Ah, who am I kidding, I probably will.

  • Gus Snarp

    He works 8 hours a day in a small family construction business, sometimes less? Really?

  • Holytape

    Question: Does this in any way sync up to a Pink Floyd album and/or Vanilla Ice Albums? If not, then I ain’t watching it.

  • SirReal

    Of course he hates Christmas… JWs don’t celebrate holidays or birthdays.

  • Garret Shane Brown

    You lost me at 90 minutes. Thanks for the highlights!

  • SirReal

    Eh… with liberal use of skipping, it’s only about 10 minutes.

  • islandbrewer

    Sorry, any group that would deny their children emergency blood in a medical crisis gets only my contempt.

  • TiltedHorizon

    Which makes it about 10 minutes too long.

  • The Other Weirdo

    sleeping with a beautiful, supportive co-worker

    That’s all I got from that, and I gotta say, +infinity. What else does he need?

  • SirReal

    True… true… I guess I was just in the mood for bad acting and stilted dialog since Glee is not on these days. ;-) All it was missing was awkward dance moves to appropriated songs.

  • TiltedHorizon

    If one needs 90 minutes to propagandize a product there is a good chance the product is something one does not need; like a time-share in the afterlife.

  • Rain

    Wow, he had a tough life out there. Good thing everyone was well groomed what with the haircuts and whatnot.

  • TiltedHorizon

    Insert a West Side Story influenced song & dance here:

    “When you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, If the spit hits the fan, You got brothers around, You’re a Christian man!…..”

  • Great Hit

    The old man from “The Life of Brian” would be sooo pissed right now. These parents are ludicrously over bearing. I believe there is a word them, hovering, yes that’s it. This is great! I love this, but not for the reasons they would hope. I’ve laughed for 30 minutes so far and I hope it keeps up.

  • Matt Eggler

    No, but it does sync perfectly with the Carpenters “Now and Then”.

  • Rich Wilson

    Youtube needs a speed function. I’ve found online lectures much more interesting if I can double time them. Our brains are capable of absorbing a lot faster than we speak.

    Try listening to a blind person browse the web some time. Mind blowing.

  • Isaac J. Harris

    The Watchtower Society is getting bigger and bigger with the propaganda. The human apostates speech at the new conventions is a bit more hate-filled than usual, too. I think they’re getting more extreme, if anything.

  • Isaac J. Harris

    They are big on carpentry in some areas, like mine. They think it’s good to get these kind of skills for their kids so they can build their own homes in the “New System” after everything is destroyed. There’s a line in the Bible about “they shall not build and others have occupancy” or something like that.

  • Isaac J. Harris

    In case you couldn’t tell, I’m actually watching this now. Thinking about how awesome a Rifftrax would be of it. Anyway, the fallen Christmas tree in the corner is beyond awesome in an evil sort of way.

    BTW, this is more or less the mythology that many JWs have about life in “the world.” This happens to some people … but it also doesn’t happen to a LOT of people.

  • Artor

    Did they ever write something titled “A Permanent Lapse of Reason?” I think it was the theme music for this.

  • Timmah

    OMG a Rifftrax of this would be amazing!

  • Lisa

    Summing up this film…guilt, manipulation, control….that’s about it

  • Obliged_Cornball
  • Isaac J. Harris

    Tell me about it! When my wife came home, she said that they did one of those plays they put on at a convention several years ago that had the same basic plot, too. (I can’t remember what they are called because I’m old and I suck.) She said it was truly awful and the very worst she had ever seen.

  • Danny Haszard

    Destructive cult or benign religion?The *Cult* word gets overused,but in some cases it is appropriate.
    The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if booze controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
    I was in the Watchtower society Jehovah’s Witnesses,they are not benevolent and won’t let you leave their organization in peace.The Jehovahs are not without scandals-child abuse,deceptive mind control tactics, sex scandals, money scams, general bad behavior.
    Is it a cult?
    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck….

    The big difference between Jehovah’s Witnesses and other Christians is that the Watchtower Society’s central core creed proclaims Jesus second coming in October 1914.
    They sometimes try to obscure this today and say that he came *invisibly*.Yes,all other Christains are awaiting Jesus return,the JW say he ALREADY came in 1914.


  • midnight rambler
  • midnight rambler

    What I don’t understand is how someone becomes a JW in the first place. Being born and raised into it, it’s easy to see how it’s hard to get out of. But what’s the attraction for converts? As an organization it doesn’t even seem to have the superficial benefits that make people join cults, just the mind control and oppression.

  • Alicia Hansen

    Love bombing. They generally seek out the weak ones – single parents, those with disabilities, ones who have lost loved ones and people going through a crappy time (lost job, etc). They shower the “studying” newcomers with attention until they’re baptized and then…they’re on their own. For those looking for something, the promise of the “New System of things” where people are resurrected in perfect health, is a big draw.

    I was raised as a Dub but saw people being sucked in every year, yet I couldn’t escape fast enough.

  • Sarah

    The best definitely 42:15 onward. All I keep seeing is a normal young adult, and they act like he’s shooting heroin. There’s a girlfriend who keeps a pile of clothes in her boyfriend’s room! And she’s carrying a beer!

  • Gus Snarp

    The cult aspect becomes quite clear with this video. The attempts to control people right down to who they associate with is the big part. Even if you say his dad didn’t really try to control him, that was just the brother, not the whole family or the church in general, you have to realize that the video itself is sending the message that it’s dangerous to socialize with people outside the church, even with church members who aren’t devout enough. That is classic cult behavior.

  • Gus Snarp

    Been letting this run in the background on and off while I work. You forgot the car chase at 1:07! Car chase!

  • Ibis3

    Alicia’s got it. My sister was a young (teen) single mother of two. She’d already alienated herself from her family to some degree (e.g. living across the country from us) and her boyfriend was a young, irresponsible jerk. Prime pickings. They love bombed her, showered her with support–both social and practical–and she was sucked in.

  • Hunter Taylor

    I did like that cop car that pulled out of the alley even though it was FACING THE OTHER WAY

  • Bridget Gaudette

    As an ex-JW this shit bothers me to know end. My JW parents don’t care that I have a masters degree, a successful marriage and a good job that helps people. I am not a JW, therefore I am a disappointment.

  • closetatheist

    OMG! you took your son on family vacations and tried to coerce him into the family business in which he had no interest and THIS is how he repays you? By getting a rad job and enjoying his life!? WHO THE F*CK DOES HE THINK HE IS?!

    ps. its really sad that actually nothing bad happened to this kid, nor did he do anything wrong, but his life was still portrayed as a horrific failure.

  • anniekoconnor

    So…is the older brother an example of a good person? Cause…he’s a jerk.

  • Grotoff

    Wait, don’t JWs in fact hate Christmas?

  • doug105

    David cries in an alley after sleeping with a beautiful, supportive co-worker and asks God for forgiveness. (Why, David, WHY?!)

    Christian’s make lousy porn.

  • Gus Snarp

    Yeah, I think the Christmas tree is actually a signal to JWs: Look, not only is there a wild party, but they’re celebrating Christmas! Pagan idolaters!

  • Niveau

    They’re dramas. This is the video adaptation of the drama from (if I’m recalling correctly) two years back. A couple of years after the show the dramas in the conventions they make videos of them, and that’s what this is. I can’t wait until they make a video of last year’s drama because it was literally the worst I’ve ever seen; the video version should be just as bad!

  • kaydenpat

    Wow. Didn’t know JWs made movies.

  • Isaac J. Harris

    Thanks, I was coming up blank for some reason on dramas.

  • Niveau

    There are three this year – I’m at the convention for the weekend so I can’t escape the terminology, since there’s one every day :( Glad it was helpful, at least!

  • Ryan Arko

    In addition to Alicia and Ibis3, they specifically target those who are going through issues and on top of love-bombing, they build an idea in the study’s mind that it’s not their fault their life sucks, it’s Satan’s and Christendom. Yes, Christendom, because only Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to be considered Christians.

    Anyway, after building this idea that living in this world brings nothing but misery, they claim sole authority over truth and salvation. The amount of time it takes for one to be baptized is usually correlative with their need for answers and their ability to ask questions for those answers. Typically, the ones with more questions take the longest to give in.

    Many are happy with ignoring the word of their God by going door to door when their Messiah said not to. Or salvation through works though scripture blatantly says all who simply believe are saved. Or considering blood transfusions as eating blood (the only way scripture forbids blood is eating it, so damn science).

    Others see contradictions with what the Watchtower says and what they do and when they address these concerns, they are made to feel like they are broken or dysfunctional because they see issues with God’s Organization. And this guilt is ingrained into them by isolation. If you are near baptism stage, you’ve been told you shouldn’t have worldly associations unless necessary (no non-Witness friends or family) and that the worldly are out to persecute you for your beliefs and that non-Witnesses want you dead.
    So now your only associations are inside the Watchtower, so if you openly question the validity of the Watchtower or its works or the word of the Governing Body, your congregation will know and treat you like scum. If you’re lucky, they simply pretend you don’t exist. If not, they spread slanderous lies about you, insult you to your face knowing your word carries less weight than theirs, “accidentally” trip you or drop your things….essentially bullies dressed as mindless businessmen.

    So this fear keeps their members and prospects in line. Then people get baptized. But it’s all good. I believe the stat is that one in ten leaves every year and two thirds of those never return. So they can recruit all they want, the Jehovah’s Witnesses suck.

  • rtoriq

    DANG you basically took every word out of my mouth. EXACTLY what you said!!

  • rey

    Hey Hemant Mehta this is for you: you really need to stop being an apostate and a hater at the same time. Why do you hate on Jehovah’s Witnesses so much?!!!?. They are good, loving, caring and compassionate people. My mother has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 15 years and she has truly thaught me to be a good and loving person towards everybody. Truth is if you still doing what you are doing you are going to wind up destroyed, wiped out of the planet. Stop with your malicious blasphemy already!. Stop with your apostasy now!.

  • Rich Wilson

    Seems like someone doesn’t know what ‘apostasy’ means.